Swati Parashar


School of Global Studies
Visiting address
Konstepidemins väg 2
41314 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 700
40530 Göteborg

About Swati Parashar

PhD (Politics and International Relations): Lancaster University, UK. MA (Politics and International Relations): Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. BA (History Honors): Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, India.

I am Professor in Peace and Development Studies at the School of Global Studies (SGS). I serve as the co-editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics and as an editorial board member in other journals. I co-edit the book series, Creative Interventions in Global Politics with Rowman and Littlefield, and Gender and Sexuality in Global Politics with Bristol University Press. I served as the co-program chair of the International Studies Association's annual convention in Montreal 2023.

My previous academic appointments have been at Monash University and the University of Wollongong in Australia and at the University of Limerick in Ireland. In 2017, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. Prior to my academic career I worked as a policy analyst in think tanks in India and Singapore.

My research and teaching interests are in feminist and postcolonial international relations, culture and religion in global politics, hunger and famines, sexual violence in peace and war, women militants and combatants, peace and development in South Asia and East Africa, race politics of aid organisations and the ethics of doing research. I welcome collaborative research opportunities and supervision in these areas.

I write social and political commentaries in various local and international media outlets and my public engagements focus on development, conflict and violence. I run my own blog ( on women’s experiences promoting the idea of ‘solidarity beyond borders’.

Originally from India, I am widely travelled and have lived in multicultural contexts in Asia, Europe and Australia. I am an enthusiastic test cricket fan and occasionally dabble in score predictions and gendered analysis of this most colonial of sports. Life outside the academic world is enriched by Hindustani classical music, ghazals and vintage Bollywood, and cooking for friends and family.

I am fluent in Hindi and English, can understand and speak Maithili, Urdu and Bengali. I also understand basic Swedish and learning the language for more fluency.